From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
13 June 2017
Richenda Rudman wrote a letter to residential aged care staff so they understood who her mother Denise was before dementia. It was a cathartic process which she hopes will remind busy staff of her mother’s humanity.
28 April 2017
Maggie Beer visited regional towns in northern NSW recently to promote the use of fresh food within residential aged care homes.
26 April 2017
Today Meaningful Ageing Australia launched a screening tool designed to better equip staff and volunteers to discuss the spiritual needs of elderly people.
15 March 2017
Thousands of people nearing death have found peace in the sounds and silences created by Peter Roberts and his harp. His inspiring transformation from furniture retailer to music thanatologist has been captured in a feature-length documentary, to be released later this year.
16 February 2017
For people grieving the loss of a loved one, a simple program that enables them to walk and talk with trained volunteers is making a difference.
16 February 2017
An inspired effort to save tree seedlings gives palliative care patients a sense of purpose while in hospital.
24 November 2016
As a teenager Kathryn Dwan devoted six months of her life to caring for her father as he died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in the 1980s. She shares the impact that caring had on her, as a teenager and later as an adult, and how her simple acts of love contributed to her father’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
15 November 2016
At the end of life, dignity is a concept we tend to associate with managing basic bodily functions. More powerful however is a dying person’s perception of how they are seen by others, according to an international expert in dignity and palliative care.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience